What air traffic? We don’t even need to invoke smartplane ™ technology to address this concern, but we can add it to the discussion later.
Most people form their ideas about this topic without small aircraft experience, or with it in a very urban context ,or perhaps from a bit of sci-fi movie magic. But by the time a few thousand small aircraft start to slowly repopulate empty airfields one at a time, our perspective will have profoundly shifted away from sprawling airports that concentrate people and airplanes for “convenience.” Modern flight will expand our habitat exponentially, diluting the urban requirement.
Think about it: passengers from all over a five-million-acre region are first funneled to these packing centers, screened and made to wait, so that they can distribute from another such site upon landing into another five million acres of potential actual destination. Why not just come and go directly, to and from wherever? A modern jetport hallway is bigger than a Synergy landing site, and can be (or already is) located anywhere.
Taking people directly to and from their closest airfields in a car-like modern airplane makes older concepts of “traffic” utterly disappear. It can be hard to see this at first because the confining 2-D ribbons of congestion on the ground paint a greatly distorted picture in our minds. Pilots escaping the traffic prison marvel at the truth, which is that one can fly all day yet never even see the occasional fellow aviator pointed out on his screen, many miles away. It’s a freedom we dare you to think about, for the good of humanity.
Try this, the next time you’re stuck in traffic wanting your own Synergy: imagine leveling every obstacle, bump, and building for a thousand miles in every direction. Now imagine it all paved as smooth as a tennis court, and give yourself permission to drive anywhere you want on it, avoiding anything that looks scary. Now imagine stacking each empty three-million-square-mile-patio you just made, like a parking garage five miles tall. Now…put every car and truck in sight on a different level…and think about how quickly they’d make room for each other anyway, when not confined to a 12-foot wide lane. That’s the networked smart sky, AFTER companies make 100,000 airplanes a year for a thousand years, thereby finally catching up with auto numbers today.
Or, just go outside, look up, and count every airplane you’d consider a collision threat for the next five minutes. How many planes did you see traveling the crowded jetways on your last commercial flight?
Simulation studies reveal that even uncontrolled air traffic isn’t a problem until you try to concentrate everyone at a giant airport. The millions of empty cubic miles of airspace around us will stay that way. Coruscant will never happen, it’s physically impossible. The earth is far too huge.
Yet our tech industries today are thrilled to provide a proven, pocket-sized solution that could easily handle even that hypothetical level of traffic. Comparatively speaking, autonomous airplanes are a cakewalk compared to self-driving cars. We’ve had fully capable autopilots for decades. Synergy is working with a number of advanced initiatives for future on-board systems that will make operating your own smartplane ™ the most relaxing transportation experience you’ve ever had.